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Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2015: French AFG Publishes Guidelines on Use of Stress Tests by Management...

The Association Française de la Gestion financière (AFG) – the association representing French management companies – published on 7 May 2015 guidelines regarding the use of stress tests by management companies (Guidelines)....more

FATCA Update: Confidentiality of Information Transmitted to IRS; Announcement of “More Favorable” IGA Terms; and More IGAs

The month of July has seen several significant developments regarding implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which has been fully effective since July 1, 2014. First, the IRS Office of Chief...more

Federal Reserve Orders Chinese Bank to Overhaul its BSA/AML Compliance Program

On July 21, a leading China-based bank agreed to address deficiencies in connection with the BSA/AML risk management and compliance program of its New York branch office. The Agreement, entered into with the Federal Reserve...more

The Fifth Letter and Expansion of the Brazilian Corruption Scandal into the Private Sector

I recently received a review copy of the book The Fifth Letter by fellow University of Michigan grad Vivian L. Carpenter. It is a rollicking good read which touches on areas of constitutional law, inalienable rights in the...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–CHINA STOCK MARKET CRASH, TRADE, IP/PATENT, SECURITIES

Since the last blog post focused on trade policy and trade and customs issues, with extensive coverage of the Trade Promotion Authority fight in the US Congress, after addressing the trade area briefly, this blog post plays...more

Alert: The AIFMD for Non-EU Fund Managers: It's Not as Bad as You Think – Part II: Small fund managers marketing to professional...

Many non-EU alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) raising non-EU alternative investment funds (AIFs) will accept a European investor on a "reverse solicitation" basis; but they won't "market" into Europe. This is...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AIFMD – AIMA and EFAMA Comment on EBA Consultation on Draft Guidelines on Remuneration Policies for AIFMs - AIMA and EFMA published their response to the EBA’s consultation on draft guidelines on sound remuneration...more

Abu Dhabi Global Markets: New Regulations: Application of English Law Regulations

The Application of English Law Regulations (in this section, the ‘’Regulations’’) provide for the application of English common law and certain English statutes in the Abu Dhabi Global Market, however, these...more

SEC Opens FIFA-Related Investigations

Although not yet confirmed by the SEC, media reports suggest that the SEC has opened several investigations of publicly traded companies who contracted with FIFA. Indictments in the FIFA cases have alleged that certain...more

Why project bonds are on the rise in Latin America

Latin American project bonds continue to grow as a source of infrastructure financing, particularly as private capital is needed to close multi-billion-dollar shortfalls in spending for needed infrastructure projects in Latin...more

EMIR Collateral Damage

Last month the EBA, ESMA and EIOPA (together, the ESAs) published their long-awaited revised draft of the regulatory technical standards on the requirement to collect and post margin in respect of uncleared OTC derivative...more

The Rise of the C-MOA

Since the release of the final U.S. risk retention rule (the “Final Rule”) in October 2014, CLO market participants have been grappling with its ramifications and working to devise solutions that permit collateral managers to...more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights - Q2 2015

After a slow start to initial public offerings in the first quarter of 2015, overall IPO activity began to pick up in the second quarter. However, concerns about turmoil in Greece, market declines in China and questions about...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on FATF’s List of Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies

On July 20, FinCEN issued an advisory to financial institutions with updates to the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) list of jurisdictions containing strategic anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT)...more

UK Financial Institutions Strengthen Accountability

UK regulators extend the new regulatory framework that governs individual accountability to banking and insurance. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published their...more

Looking Ahead to Lifting Sanctions Against Iran - Key takeaways from the July 22, 2015 conference call

On July 22, 2015, Shearman & Sterling hosted a client call on Iran sanctions led by Dan Newcomb, Anthony Patten, Barney Reynolds and James Campbell to examine the impact of this historic agreement and discuss how companies...more

The Second Payment Services Directive - Political Agreement Nears

The original Payment Services Directive (2007/64/EC) (“PSD1”) was introduced to provide greater price transparency for users of payment services and to create a level, competitive playing field among providers of different...more

Saudi Arabia Update - July 2015

Legal Developments - Ministry of Labor Study the Market Needs - Saudization is the colloquial term used to refer to Saudi Arabia’s official government policy of encouraging the employment of Saudi Arabian nationals...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2015: OECD Discussion Draft on BEPS: Funds’ Treaty Access under Threat

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a revised discussion draft on 22 May 2015, in relation to Action 6 of the BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Action Plan (Action Plan 6), which...more

ESMA Publishes 17th Extract from EECS’ Enforcement Decisions

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published extracts from the European Enforcers Coordination Sessions confidential database of enforcement decisions on financial statements. European Enforcers monitor...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

The Restructuring Mid-Summer Review: Europe and the Emerging Markets - For those focused on the debt restructuring market, the Greek sovereign crisis (covered extensively in our recent updates1) has drowned out news of...more

EBA Publishes RWA Assessment as the Next Step in Improving Consistency of Internal Model Outcomes

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published two reports on the consistency of Risk-Weighted Assets (RWAs) across large EU institutions for large corporate, sovereign and institutions’ Internal Ratings-Based (IRB)...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 181-Gar Hurst on Using Social Media Tools In Your Compliance Program [Video]

In this episode I visit with Gar Hurst, a partner at Givens and Johnston, an import/export compliance firm. He and his firm have developed a SW app, which capitalizes on social media concepts to assist his clients in import...more

Unpacking the Australian OTC Derivative Reporting Regime

The Australian government has released draft regulations implementing a single sided exemption from the trade reporting regime for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives. Consultation on the regulations closed in late June and...more

OFAC Publishes Venezuela Sanctions Regulations

On July 10, OFAC published regulations to implement the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 and Executive Order 13692. The Act required the President to impose targeted sanctions on certain persons...more

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